How to improve your photography

If there is one thing that can be said of ALL photographers it’s simply that we’re all trying to improve our skills/craft to capture better photographs. We do this in a variety of ways from buying equipment, watching videos to reading magazines and blogs* (*waves frantically!!!). It’s fair to say there is no magic formula that works for all, after all it also depends on YOUR learning style such as Visual/Arual etc.

So if there is no magic formula why this post?

Good question, I’m glad you asked (why is it always you that makes the comments?)

Whilst it’s true to say there’s no magic formula I think it’s fair to say that a combination of all of the above tactics will generally lead to an improvement in your work. However I have missed out the most important learning technique of all…. Are you ready for my groundbreaking tip?

Well I’m reading aren’t i?

Valid point, my tip for you to get better results every time you step out with your camera is to take pictures!!! That’s it, it’s that simple just get out there and capture moments. Trust me if you do this I can guarantee that your results will improve, not overnight but slowly and steadily.

So you got me to read this post to tell me to take pictures… wow amazing!!!

I’m detecting a hint of sarcasm in your comment!, there is a little more to my tip that you may not have considered. Set some time aside for a photographic exercise, get yourself a pen and paper and try to think of something that you find uninteresting and boring. It doesn’t matter what it is, what one person find boring may get the next persons synapses firing frantically – so this is down to personal preference. Just as a point of reference, for myself I used rolls of tape (this related to my work) it’s boring and even more importantly it’s difficult to make look interesting.

If you do this it will make you work harder and look harder for the image, much more so that taking a picture of something that is already interesting and eye opening. Also think of it this way, you visit a famous landmark and take a few pics, get home and look at your work feeling good about your work. It’s fair to say that quite often you can go online and find other pictures from the same landmark that make your image pale into insignificance… this is not conducive to building confidence in your own work (especially for aspiring amateurs). Also, as an added gauge go through your collection and mark/flag some of your recent photos as favourites (or however you prefer to note them). Then follow the exercise above for a few weeks, after which you look back through the images you marked as favourite and see if you still have that opinion of them! I know that I regularly look back at my past work and feel what I considered to be a good shot was not as good as I had originally considered.

Do you have any tips or ways that others may not have considered when trying to improve their skill set? Also, if you try the above let us know what results you found from it. Did it work for you?


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